April 20, 2005

Keb' Mo' To Serenade Mindi Abair at wedding

Mindi Abair has called on a good friend to sing her first song at her wedding reception on Saturday.

Saxophonist Mindi Abair is now sorting out last-minute details for her wedding on April 23, which will be held in her native Florida. Mindi will be tying the knot with studio musician and composer Jason Steele.

"We chose the 23rd because it’s a special date in my family," Abair says. "My birthday’s May 23, my parents got married on April 23 and my grandmother’s birthday was November 23. You know, lots of 23s."

The wedding will be very private, and good friend and blues musician Keb’ Mo’ will perform the first dance for the new couple at the reception. He’ll sing his song called “Every Morning.” Meanwhile, R&B legend Smokey Robinson popped into the studio during rehearsals for the Guitars & Saxes tour last week to wish Mindi good luck on her big day. Mindi was rehearsing Smokey’s “Crusin” with fellow Guitars & Saxes members Wayman Tisdale, Jeff Golub and Warren Hill. Wayman covers the song on his latest album.

"I’ll be a missus very soon," says Abair. She plans to use the name Mindi Abair-Steele in her personal life, but will continue with just Mindi Abair in her recording career.

Posted by Brian Soergel at April 20, 2005 5:44 AM